P921: Relationship between math and chemistry

Author: Margaret Neiman, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Co-Author: Katie E. Amaral, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 5:15 PM6:30 PM

Room: LIB

Related Symposium: S33

At Pennsylvania State University there is a prerequisite of the second semester of college algebra (algebra II) in order to take general chemistry I. This project compares algebra II and general chemistry I grades of the students who have taken both courses to the students that were already proficient in math (i.e. did not require algebra II). Through scrutinizing student grades, attempts at these courses and withdrawals from these courses, comparisons will be made to establish any correlations between the aforementioned groups. The grades of students who have taken algebra II and general chemistry I will be accumulated and examined and compared to students who started with calculus I. The collected data will be analyzed using differing statistical methods, including Kruskal-Wallis analyses of variances, ANOVAs, ANCOVAs, and other tests as appropriate.